Bill expands absentee voting for overseas military - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Bill expands absentee voting for overseas military

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HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

Connecticut lawmakers are sending the governor a bill that could pave the way for electronic voting in future elections.

The proposal, which the House of Representatives passed Monday, 143-0, would permit the expansion of absentee voting methods for members of the military and their families stationed overseas.

In recent years, service members have reported problems with the mail-in absentee voting process which resulted in their votes not being counted in some cases.

The proposed legislation authorizes the secretary of the state to select a voting method for those voters to use in any election held after Oct. 1, and mandates that she report to the legislature on the results by January 2014. The legislature is expected to take up the issue again at that point.

The Senate passed the bill last month.

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